The prestige, the glamour, and the red carpet – it’s easy to get swept away in the enchantment of The Oscars®. Although it takes months and months of planning to pull off an evening as magical as the 90th Academy Awards, planning Oscar-worthy wine and food pairings for your own red-carpet watch party doesn’t have to be so daunting.
We’ve curated some stunning pairings to make any Oscar wine and food event worthy of the 24-karat gold plated statuette, while still being attainable. These pairings are all about the star quality of the wine, while the food takes on a best supporting role.
Our Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon is balanced and lush, with refined tannins and a fresh acidity on the finish. Its dark fruit flavors and beautifully integrated tannins make this Napa Valley Cabernet a luxurious pairing with any red meat or richly flavored menu.
That’s why mini Kobe beef wellingtons or slow cooked short rib sliders are an excellent pairing. Already a crowd pleaser by themselves, when paired with this wine their star quality is instantly elevated. As an added bonus, bite-sized dishes such as these easily serve a full house and look elegant to boot!
When paired with the bright fruit, crisp acidity and creamy palate of our Napa Valley Chardonnay, decadent small plates like goat cheese empanadas or lobster risotto arancini really shine.
The subtle toasted oak and layers of texture of our Far Niente Chardonnay elegantly contrasts beautifully with leaner meats such as shellfish, fish, and chicken, and elegantly complements rich pastas and vegetable dishes.
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This Enroute Pinot Noir catches its big break when paired with our butter lettuce cups with duck confit. Because our flagship Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, "Les Pommiers," offers firm, yet fine-grained tannins with a rich and juicy mid palate, it can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods with showstopping success.
In fact, that versatility is one of our favorite things about Pinot Noir. We love how our own Russian River Pinot Noirs partner effortlesssly with delicate fish and braised short ribs, however, we are particularly drawn to how beautifully it pairs with duck, whether confited, roasted, or pan-seared.
So gather some friends and let’s raise a glass to the 90th Academy Awards! Happy viewing.
It’s November and we’ve got food, wine and gratitude on the brain! A handful of our Far Niente Family team weighed in on favorite food and wine pairings that make them thankful for, well, food and wine! From simple classics to the food and wine combos that ignited their passion for wine, we’ve compiled their mouthwatering responses below.LEARN MORE
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